Kevin Sampson

Kevin Sampson blog post

I have been a gallery artist with Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York for over 24 years, yet I still consider myself a community-based artist. I am also a retired police detective and police composite sketch-artist with over 1,000 sketches to my credit– this has afforded me a wonderful sense of discipline and order with a unique perspective on the human condition.

My work is found object assemblage that I construct by collecting materials found throughout my community. I meet some of the most amazing people as I travel the streets of Newark looking for objects that others have discarded. My community and the stories they tell of their lives is a continued inspiration to my work and me. I believe that found objects hold the residual memory of their previous owners. This allows my creations to take on a life force of their own, powered by these collective dreams and memories.

I have been making work professionally for over 30 years and constructing boats/vessels for over twenty years. I have taught and worked with communities all over the country, as well as being slated to construct a thirty-five foot boat during the 2011 Venice Biennale (American Folk Art Museum Show was canceled one week before departure).

“Arc of Renewal”

When selecting a title for this installation I immediately thought of spiritual energy, which led me to think about an electrical arc, which can form a luminous bridge over the gap that lies between two electrodes. Thus the title “Arc of Renewal” describes an installation which will seek to form a spiritual and/or emotional bridge, between prayer, art and remembrance.  I intend on creating an emotional call and response between the viewer and this installation. Spiritual restoration and renewal will be a recurring theme. Kevin_Sampson3 Kevin_Sampson4

mini arts day camp

mini arts day camp


FeaturedAhoy art lovers!

From blogger Aimee Gilmore:

Ahoy art lovers! Welcome to the official blog for the upcoming Philadelphia Sculptors exhibition, Artship Olympia. Follow along as we introduce several artists participating in this unique exhibition that will take place on the U.S.S. Olympia. Each post will highlight a selected artist and will include some process details, insights into the conceptualization of the work and a brief interview describing the work in general. We can’t wait to see you all for our kick-off fundraiser event for the Artship Olympia exhibition, Sailors Delight on Friday, May 13th.